I listened to Stiliyan Petrov talk calmly about cancer yesterday, as he sat with Liverpool’s James Milner ahead of your Foundation’s Match for Cancer next month. Just a few decades ago, his recovery would be considered miraculous.
Cancer will affect one in every two of us. That rate is higher than ever, as people live longer, but, what was a death sentence all too recently, is now treatable and often curable.
If you have been around CQN for long enough, you will know stories like Stiliyan’s are not always how things conclude. We have lost too many of our number, and more of our loved ones, to this awful disease.
So the work goes on. In memory of those we have lost, in appreciation of those who have come through successful treatment, and in that hope that our futures are increasingly spared. Cancer success stories are one of the wonders of the modern world, and while millions suffer this illness, millions more contribute to the cause of treating and eradicating it.
The game itself will be a gathering of the Celtic clans, not just because of the way this disease has touched so many, but because Henrik will once more grace Celtic Park, as will Lubo, the brilliant Hristo Stoichkov, and the phenomenal Gaizka Mendieta.
Scott Brown will play too and Brendan is manager of Stiliyan’s team. The great and the good are touched by this affliction, which is rapidly being controlled thanks to the efforts of millions.
The game takes place on Sunday 8 September (it’s an international break). Tickets cost £14 or £6 concessions. You can buy them here.
I Look forward to seeing you there.
Welcome to Celtic, Daniel Arzani. The 19-year-old winger-come-central defender (lighten up, honestly!) arrives on a two year loan, having joined Manchester City a few days ago.
A word of caution – an away game in the League Cup is not the game I would choose to play tomorrow. Get the job done professionally, Celtic.